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    • CommentTimeSep 4th 2012
    Devil Said Bang was like soul food: greasy, gnarly, and exactly what you need to feel like a human being. Going back to Sandman Slim for some more collard greens and pulled pork. Finger lickin' good, y'all.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeSep 4th 2012
    Finished Chabon's Summerland, which was quite good.

    Started Jo Walton's just-won-the-Hugo novel Among Others.
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    Finished Moby Dick last night. Was super-tired and already knew the ending, but still felt some awe finally encountering the supernatural malevolence of the whale. Kinda wished Melville didn't add that final epilogue
    explaining how the narrator survives
    , apparently early versions of the book didn't have it. Would have completed Ishmael's ascension to the all-embracing, omnipresent consciousness he was moving toward through the book.

    Now what to read next? Have Rare Earth by Paul Mason and The Modern World by Steph Swainston ready to go on the Kindle. It's too sunny outside to go back to Lovecraft...
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2012
    I did not realize we have copies of Devil Said Bang. That is so my weekend reading.

    Also, I haz Map of the Sky. So, that's going to happen.

    And I'm listening to Steinbeck's King Arthur & I kind of love it. It's way less obnoxious and strip mall than I was worried it would be. Well, Steinbeck isn't strip mall, so.
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2012
    @Mercer Finn, I am delighted to no end that you have spoiler protected the end of a 161 year old culturally foundational novel. This is not sarcasm. It makes me feel the world is going to turn out all right after all.
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    I feel like a shallow, stupid person, since I had to give up on Moby Dick, at least for now. The first quarter was a delight, but then it fell into a slog for me for the next two quarters... Maybe I'll return to it later.
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    @oddbill: I'm glad! Not always that careful, mind. I rarely if ever put spoiler warnings on my blog, for example, since I see it as more of a notepad for myself. If I write abt smth there and post a link here, you have been warned.

    @Vornaskotti: I've mentioned on this thread previously, but I would agree that once everyone is on the boat things get veeeery tedious. There are brilliant moments that punctuate the detail, but for me it did feel like a chore a lot of the time. I may be some sort of philistine, but I would have been happy if Mieville cut out a lot of the 'whaling for dummies + trite philosophizing' stuff.
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    @Mercer Finn

    Word. I like slow paced books, movies and other fiction but oh come on.
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    @Mercer: Funny as well that you wrote Mieville, because whenever I see his books in the store I do a double-take.
    As far as Moby Dick, I would definitely say it's different strokes for different folks. I quite liked the different sections, but my wife basically skipped the entire whale encyclopedia part and just read the main narrative in order to finish the book.
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    Haha, yeah I get the two mixed up all the time!

    Speaking of, I have Embassytown on my kindle, but am a bit afraid of it. Like, do I need to read a primer on Derrida before I can understand what the book is about?
    • CommentAuthorMartinSheen
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2012 edited
    Finished DUNE a few days ago.. then started and immediately finished READY PLAYER ONE which I read in one go and really enjoyed. But now its over I doubt it'll stay in my conscious for long...

    Hmmm what next? I'm really interested to read Leviathan Wakes but I think I'll wait till the series finishes before I pick it up. I have to avoid a long wait before continuing a series or I forget most of what happened prior (see: Dark Tower).

    Oh wow.. reading those last couple of comments I just made I noticed the common point that is my memory sucks. That wasn't my intention at all as I was writing all that.

    Anyways.. I do have the second Dune novel ready to go but I think I am all Dune'd out at the moment. Any idea's for a good stand alone sci fi novel? I am considering one called 'The Dark Beyond the Stars'.. If anyone's given that a read can they tell me its pros and cons??
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    @Mercer Finn - I loved Embassytown, probably one of my favorite books. Don't think it's to hard to understand except when they talk about travelling through the Immer, which to my understanding is another universe with different laws of time and space.

    I just finished reading Roadside Picnic, and i highly recommend it. I can totally see this being turned into a found footage movie, MOVIE MAKERS GET TO WORK!
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2012
    The Gone Away World was a lot of fun.

    By the time the twist came I was pretty ready for it, but a couple of minor twists threw me for a loop.
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    @Mercer Finn:

    Embassytown is quite accessible and a great read.

    Although I'm massively bitter about that book - I was toying with the idea of a sci-fi book where space was treated as the sea, and which would be largely about language. Then I read Embassytown. Yeah. That went over my budding idea like a lawnmower over a box of baby chicks.
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2012
    Best. Simile. Ever.
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2012
    I am reading (amid course kits and one million pdfs) Albert Speer: His Battle With Truth. Despite the awful title it is a delightfully rambley/tangential biography that pretends to be chronological as it jumps wildly from one source/interview to another. So far the story is great, as I thought it might be: sad rejected child with big heart develops weird friendship with genocidal maniac; tragedy ensues. I'm on an architects-as-most-interesting-creative-people kick right now, and while I suspect this book isn't going to go into great detail about the law of ruins (which is how I first heard of Speer) it's still pretty fascinating.
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    Had the exact same experience with Perdido Street Station. Yeah, there's a distinct lack of massive alternate-world steampunky urban fantasy about capitalism and revolution... oh wait, DAMN.
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2012
    Just completed Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes but can't really comment because There Is No Crying In Whitechapel.
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    Flowers for Algernon... I havent read it but from what I remember it's the one where the mentally handicapped man is given a drug to increase his intelligence far beyond those around him?

    i'll give it a go soon. Atm am 200 pages into Leviathan Wakes. This thread has given me a lot of good leads to follow up
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2012
    Reading Contract by our Simon. It was the first book I saw on admission to detox. Isn't that extremely cool and weird, eh?

    I knicked it!

    The staff confiscated my copy of A Serpent Uncoiled - don't know why - but I got it back.